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Theology: Writing & Citing

This guide presents key resources for staff and students' research

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CRAAP Test - Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information (Te Ara Canterbury) 

It is important to identify Good information from Bad information

The video will help you evaluate the information you come across

  Evaluating Information (Pdf)   

Plagiarism

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 

Academic integrity means being honest in your studies and assessments. Academic integrity is informed by the values of honesty, trust, responsibility, fairness, respect, and courage.

In New Zealand, high value is placed on full acknowledgment and referencing of the words and ideas of others. If you want to use information that you find elsewhere you must acknowledge where it came from.

This interactive online tutorial will help you learn what plagiarism is, why and how students get in trouble for it and how to use ideas or quotes from your research effectively.

Help with Citing

If you follow a citation style correctly, you will avoid plagiarism and help your reader find your information sources. 

The Theology program has very helpfully created its own Style Guide for Chicago A (footnotes):

For complex biblical citations:

For general Chicago referencing style help, please see these two resources:

Theology Specific Writing Guides

Theses & Dissertations

Thesis Information

Mind Mapping Apps

Mind Mapping Apps - Individuals & Teams 

  Coggle - with this you'll see the central node of a new mind map, with a plus sign to get started adding new nodes and ideas 

  MindMeister - this tool includes keyboard shortcuts, embeds live videos, adds team members' upvotes, downvotes & leave comments. 

  Scapple - start with an idea, work "backwards" to find the main idea. Individual nodes will connect by dragging and dropping. 

  Stormboard - uses sticky notes and index cards, group your notes on different parts of the screen to represent connections. 

   SimpleMind - click on it to change it to whatever idea you're mind-mapping,  click on plus icons to create new branches and nodes. 

Creative Commons

 

Creative Commons Licence

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Computer Fonts

Māori Font

  Te Reo (at Otago)          

        

Biblical Fonts

 Society of Biblical Literature
Downloadable fonts for biblical Greek and Hebrew, as well as 'BibLit" which combines Greek, Hebrew & Latin Characters, including transliteration diacritics.
More information and help with installation and use can be found here.
 

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How to Manage Your References

There is software available to help you to keep track of all of the information that you find and ensure that your citations are formatted correctly

Managing Your References - Introduction (Citation Library) 

Know which reference manager you are looking for?  Use the following links to quickly navigate to their tabs in this guide:

EndNote is software used to manage bibliographic citations. It can be used to organise references, cite them in papers, and automatically generate bibliographies - in the citation style of your choice. 

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you store, organize, note, share and cite references and research data.